Dr Tang received her PhD from Sun Yat-sen University in 2004 and has been working there ever since then. She was promoted to Professor in 2013. Previously, she was a visiting scholar at the University of Chicago where she studied the functional evolution of microRNAs. She is interested in small RNA evolution and function. Her current research themes include: microRNA evolution and sex antagonism, siRNAs in epigenetic inheritance and stress adaptation, the genetic conflict between transposable elements and host small RNAs, an evolution of small RNA pathways.